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Stewarding God’s Resources

April 05, 2017
By Lane Beasley

Stewarding God’s Resources


As a child, I played Dixie Youth Baseball. Our complex was behind “The Moose Lodge” (pronounced the ‘moos-lodge’) in Gallman, Mississippi. I batted left and threw right, making me a favorite target of many young pitchers who hadn’t quite figured out that the strike zone was still in the same place. My Dad, who was the local Minister of Music in our hometown, was my baseball coach for most of my playing days.

One of my favorite memories associated with Dixie Youth Baseball was enjoying the ride out to games or practices with my Dad. We would roll down the windows in my grandfather’s old Ford truck and enjoy the smell of freshly cut hay that greeted us on the road leading out to the fields. I can’t remember any specific conversations now but looking back, I value the quality time we would spend together going to or coming from the ball field for practices or games.

Besides getting pegged by 10-year-old pitchers, one of my least favorite memories from Dixie Youth Baseball was the annual fundraiser that required each player to sell a certain number of raffle tickets. The sheer thought of asking people for money left a pit in my stomach that, at the time, only rivaled my fear of the dark and the monsters under my bed. Fortunately for me, my parents would buy my required allotment of tickets because they viewed it as their way to support the local league that benefitted so many families in our area including our own.

With regard to my dread of asking others for money, it would seem that God has a sense of humor with the irony of my professional calling as a Kingdom Fundraiser. So what changed in my transformation from a boy who was too afraid to ask his elderly neighbor to buy a $10 raffle ticket? My understanding. As a child, I viewed the raffle ticket transaction as extremely one-sided. My limited perspective was that my gain was their loss, and it made me feel bad.

Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”. As followers of Jesus, we have voluntarily surrendered our rights and submitted ourselves to our Lord. Our life is no longer our own; everything we once called “ours” is now really “His”. We are merely stewards of the time, talent, and treasure God has entrusted to our personal care.

As the Advancement Director at Christ Covenant School, I actually get the privilege of seeing people delight in making a financial gift to our school. Many times I hear, “It’s my pleasure!” or “I wish we could give more.” They enjoy it! Regardless of the amount, believers experience joy when they practice Biblical stewardship. It is a tangible expression of our own personal obedience as we use the resources God has entrusted to us to advance His gospel in the world.

I personally give to CCS because I believe our school is truly advancing the gospel by preparing our young Warriors to engage a culture with the love of Christ that is increasingly hostile toward Christianity. To me, supporting the work God is doing on our campus is a worthy investment of the resources He has entrusted to Laura and I that will reap eternal dividends and bring Him glory forever. I can’t think of a better way to invest what He has given to us!

We are in the midst of several fundraising efforts including Spring Swing, The Wacky Warrior Color Run, and the Spring Warrior Shoot. You may choose to participate in one, two, or all three of these events. However you participate, it is my hope you will do so with excitement to join in the work God is doing in the hearts and lives of our students at CCS. 

Camp Outback

March 30, 2017
By Joanna McCallister

Camp Outback

Nothing says summer like camp:  silly songs, face paints, fire pits and s’mores!  Learning new things about God’s Word, making new friends, water, sun, laughter, sugar - all things that get us ready for a fun change of pace!

I’d like to introduce you to our own summer camp experience called Camp Outback, where our mission is to bring what we all love about summer camp right here to our school in a loving, Christ-centered atmosphere.

Every CCS child can have the opportunity to experience the excitement and joy of camp.  Summer days always fly by - so our goal is to make the most of every minute.  Our theme this summer is exploration and adventure - uncovering the wonder of our Creator in both the ordinary and extraordinary things of His world!

A sneak peak into what this summer will hold...

We will be exploring the life of Jesus while He was ministering on earth.  Each week we will look at a different encounter with Jesus and learn more about who He is and what it looks like to follow in His footsteps. Through skits, songs, small groups, and prayer groups, our prayer is that after this summer our children will have a deeper knowledge of who Christ is and a growing desire to love and serve Him above all else!

“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:35-37

If you have been around in the summer before - you’ll notice, we’ll be adding a few exciting new activities!  We will explore

●   Hands-on science experiments
●      Team-building projects
●      Arts and crafts
●      Baking and cooking
●      New games and much more!
 

Some other events you won’t want to miss this summer:

●      Visits from the Kona Ice Truck
●      Our annual Independence Day Picnic
●      Bounce House Parties
●      Water Days
●      Counselor Hunts
●      Recreational tournaments
●      Pizza and Game Day
●      Wheels Day
●      Scavenger Hunts

 

We are also excited to host our first t-shirt design competition!  Each CCS student will have the opportunity to enter his or her own personal drawings and designs for our Camp Outback 2017 t-shirt.  The winner will receive a free t-shirt. More information on how to enter coming soon!

Ready for the best 10 weeks of the year? Registration is now open for Camp OUTBACK 2017! We can’t wait to have fun and spend time with your children at Camp Outback!

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Come Together Time

March 01, 2017
By Lanelle Fincher

The sound of the “ABC” song coming from the piano starts one of our favorite parts of the preschool day—Come Together Time. All of our children, teachers, parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends gather together and use our voices that God has given us to sing praises to Him and to worship Him. “Hello, How are You? I’m Fine, Hope You are Too” gets us started. We then sing “Today is My Favorite Day—God Made It in a Special Way.” Children learn and say the day of the week, month and date while looking at the calendar on the wall. The children share their news reports with us—new baby at home, new puppies and pets, lost teeth, going to the beach, and so much more! Each day we say our Bible verse which begins with our letter of the week. Then, our best singing begins. A very few of our favorites to sing are:  “Rejoice in the Lord Always,” “Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory,” “What Can Wash Away My Sins—Nothing but the Blood of Jesus,” “My Best Friend is Jesus,” “Who Can Do Anything? God Can, God Can,” “The B-I-B-L-E,” “Amazing Grace,” “My God is So Big, So Strong and So Mighty,” “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” “I Like the Policeman,” “Hear the Fire Bell,” “A Peanut Sat on the Railroad Track” and “Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar.” We also use our hands and fingers to learn about God’s creation as we say, “Way Up High in the Apple Tree,” “Here’s the Ant Hill,” “Here’s the Beehive,” “Here’s the Turtle,” “Five Little Pumpkins,” and “Five Fat Turkeys.” These are such happy, happy sounds.

Come Together Time is also a learning time. Our children are introduced to some of God’s gifts to us such as friends, family, pets, farm animals, transportation, community helpers, and seasons—signs of fall, winter, spring, and summer. We “travel” on the “Good Health Train” to “Good Health Town” and learn about the food groups. We make butter; we sample different fruits; we make vegetable soup and beef medallions; and we eat just a “tiny” bite of sweets.

We sing “This is the Day” and “Trust and Obey,” and then we open, shut, clap, and lay our hands in our laps for our Bible story. Our Bible stories start in the beginning with God’s Creation, and we read through the Old Testament during the Fall. In December, we start reading about Jesus’ birth. In January and through the Spring, we continue through the New Testament and learn about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We read and talk about how we should never be afraid because God is with us wherever we go. He always keeps His promises. He always takes care of us and gives us all we need. We should love Him with all our hearts. We then fold our hands in quiet prayer and talk to God.

Each day a friend tells us that it is “Quick, Quiet Circle Time.” The leader of each class or our birthday friend holds the flag, and we say the “Pledge of Allegiance” and sing “God Bless America” and “I Am Proud to Be an American” as we whistle, snap, clap, march, or blink. Singing our all time favorite song, “Jesus Loves Me” brings our Come Together Time to a close. We can hear our sweet friends singing or humming “God is So Good” as they tiptoe out the door to their rooms.

Pastor Caleb joins us for Come Together Time each Tuesday to play his guitar and to sing with the children. Most importantly, he teaches the children the catechism. To hear our little ones recite these truths of God’s Word is such a special time of the week, and we are so thankful for Pastor Caleb.

We thank God for giving us this special time together each day. We are always thankful for our family and friends that join us to worship and to glorify God during our daily Come Together Time.

Admissions Blog

February 15, 2017
By Martha Maxey

Christ Covenant School

        As the Admissions Director at Christ Covenant School, one of the many joys I have is touring prospective parents around our campus.   Giving campus tours truly is one of my most favorite things to do!  Each time I give a tour to a prospective family, I am reminded of our mission as a school -- “To partner with Christian parents in the teaching, training, and equipping their children academically and spiritually so that they would be able to love the Lord, to think biblically, and to glorify God in every area of life.”  It’s a sweet blessing to walk the halls daily and see our mission in action!

        When touring, I not only tell the "story" of our school and its programs, but I also answer many questions ranging from academics to athletics, discipline, homework, technology, and much more. As I'm sharing the CCS story and answering parents’ questions, there are two specific elements that always arise— partnership and biblical worldview.

Our biblical worldview is manifested all over our school campus.  From Preschool to Middle School, our desire is to show students how to look at everything through the lens and filter of Scripture.  Our younger students are taught each subject area through that biblical lens.  Math--our God is a God of order, He’s exact and precise.  Our world is governed by natural laws that are exact and precise because our God made them to be that way.  To be more like Him and bear His image, we need to know the skill of math.  History--the Lord has given us the gift of History, so we can make better decisions for our future and learn from mistakes made in the past.  Science--our educational garden and Super Science class provide a unique opportunity to point our Lower School students to God’s Word.  Think of the many plant, seed, and soil metaphors that Jesus used with His followers during the course of His earthly ministry.  We use these lessons to guide our conversations in the garden. (In my opinion, the garden is the most beautiful spot on campus!)  And our Middle School experience is one that guides our students through the transition of their faith being one borrowed from their parents to a faith of their very own!  Once they embrace their own personal identity in Christ and place their confidence in Him, the transition to 9th grade is seamless.

        Our partnership with parents is incredibly special!  We are not a school that partners with any parents; we exist to partner with Christian parents. Christ Covenant School follows a covenant approach, requiring that at least one parent be a believer in Jesus Christ and give testimony that He is Lord and Savior.  This distinctive sets us apart not only from other independent schools in our area, but it also sets us apart from other independent Christian schools.  In the Christian school world, there are Evangelical (or Missional) Schools and there are Covenantal Schools.  Evangelical Schools certainly have a high calling as their mission is to witness to the unbelieving families; this is not our mission at Christ Covenant School.  Our goal is to create a unified partnership between home, church, and school so that we best prepare our students with a strong Biblical foundation so that they will be ready for the challenges they will face the rest of their lives.

This partnership may begin through conversations on a family’s campus tour, but it certainly will begin at the Parent Faith Interview.  It is an absolute privilege to meet with CCS parents for their Parent Faith Interview!  I am able to pray with parents,  hear of the Lord’s work in their lives through heartaches, struggles, and joys.  These stories all begin in different ways.  The middle of these stories may differ as well, but the end most always leads back to the same source -- Jesus!  What a sweet blessing to be reminded of God’s sovereignty and His plan for our lives as I sit with parents during this process.  I am thankful for and blessed by the mission of Christ Covenant School and by the relationships I’ve gained through our partnerships!

Do you know a Christian family that might be interested in scheduling a campus tour?  I would welcome the opportunity to walk them around our campus to share how God is using CCS to partner with our covenant families in the Christ-centered education of their children.

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4/5/17 - By Lane Beasley
3/30/17 - By Joanna McCallister
3/1/17 - By Lanelle Fincher
2/15/17 - By Martha Maxey